Title: Frangipani replanting
Broadcast Date: 23/3/14
Trevor and his team are half way through the delicate job of removing and re-planting two beautiful and well established Frangipani trees. To keep trees like this alive, there are a few vital steps that must be taken. Trevor walks us through them here.
- The survival chances of these trees is surprisingly good if you do something you really wouldn’t expect – that is let the tree sit and the wounds dry out.
- Cuttings should be left for a few days ensuring the milky sap has dried because if it gets too wet, it can cause severe rot, which is not good when 70% of the root system has been lost.
- Putting the trees into the ground in their new home is not as simple as popping them in the hole. Seasol wetting agent is a super liquid, which can be applied to ensure water sinks into the soil and at the same time its enriched with Seasol, which will activate soil microbes at the same time.
- The trees are placed into the holes and thenthe roots are drenched with Seasol.
- By cutting all the foliage growth off the top the leaves are not drawing moisture through the plant, taking pressure off the roots which are severely damaged.
- The Seasol will stimulate rapid root recovery of fine feeder roots but keeping soil moist around these roots is going to be really important.
- Adding the naturally occurring laterite gravelly sand back will not be good for holding moisture so we will be adding a special formulation garden soil designed to get new plants off to a great start. This will hold moisture longer around the new roots.
- One of the most critical things in the transplant is to secure the tree firmly when its upright and in position. Tying them down to reduce movement will reduce movement of the trunk potential damaging developing roots.
- Lastly water in a dry climate during summer is critical – these trees will need 100 litres of water each, three time a week during the next summer will see the trees fully recover and re-establish.
- The year after they can be watered once a week and after that they will be fine to grow on their own as their roots will penetrate deep into the soil.